Deaths, in­juries in Moncton shoot­ing could have been avoided: Crown

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ATLANTIC -

The Crown at the RCMP’s Labour Code trial stem­ming from the Moncton, N.B., shoot­ing ram­page says at least some of the deaths and in­juries could have been avoided had the force pro­vided Moun­ties with the ap­pro­pri­ate equip­ment and train­ing.

Fed­eral Crown pros­e­cu­tor Paul Adams told Moncton pro­vin­cial court on Tues­day that the of­fi­cers who re­sponded to Justin Bourque’s fa­tal shoot­ing on June 4, 2014, were out­gunned and at a tac­ti­cal dis­ad­van­tage.

Adams said in his clos­ing ar­gu­ments that a brief­ing note roughly seven years ear­lier had rec­om­mended the RCMP look at adopt­ing pa­trol car­bine ri­fles, and ar­gued the force there­fore knew front line of­fi­cers were at risk. He ar­gued ev­i­dence pre­sented at the trial has es­tab­lished “with­out ques­tion” that the of­fi­cers were not prop­erly equipped or trained to deal with an ac­tive shooter in­ci­dent.

The RCMP is ac­cused of fail­ing to pro­vide the ap­pro­pri­ate equip­ment and train­ing in an ac­tive-shooter event.

Ear­lier Tues­day, RCMP lawyers ar­gued the na­tional po­lice force ex­er­cised due dili­gence in arm­ing gen­eral duty of­fi­cers with C8 car­bine ri­fles.

De­fence lawyer Ian Carter said bu­reau­cracy dic­tates how gov­ern­ments work and adopt­ing pa­trol car­bines for the RCMP took time for a num­ber of rea­sons.

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